There is little information available of the rusty-spotted cat and the lack of knowledge about its status and distribution may hinder its effective conservation.
There is little information available on the behaviour and the ecology of the rusty-spotted cat. Very little is known about the cat’s reproduction and all the information comes from captive individuals as there has been no explicit studies of its mating system.
There are currently no known benefits of rusty-spotted cats on humans, but more research is needed. The cat’s home range has also not been determined and its diet has not been properly documented. Its population densities and dynamics are only poorly known and its exact distribution is not yet clear, but new localities that host this species are found with more research, increasing the known range of the species.
The lack of knowledge about the rusty-spotted cat’s status and distribution may hinder its effective conservation.
Future studies should focus on its status, threats, distribution, and ecology. In this regard it would also be important to look at its ability to adapt to agricultural landscapes.
Sources: (Anwar, Kumar, & Vattakavan, 2010; Athreya, 2010; Behera & Borah, 2010; Cat Specialist Group; Dmoch, 1997; Gavali, Lakhmapurkar, & Vyas, 2008; Kumara & Singh, 2005, 2007; Manakadan & Sivakumar, 2005; Miles, 2013; Patel, 2010; Pillay, 2008; Sabapara, 1999; Schmidt, Nakanishi, Okamura, Doi, & Izawa, 2003; Sunquist and Sunquist, 2002; Vyas, Lakhmapurkar, & Gavali, 2007)
Image: Alma Leaper, Lead Photographer – The Big Cat Sanctuary